Big changes are planned this year for the 14th annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival, coming March 2 – 3.

Changes include:

  • Magician Nate Jester from ‘America’s Got Talent’ will be amazing attendees with closeup magic
  • Six Fred Meyer stores will provide support in terms of winery selection and ticket sales
  • A silent auction for a chance to bid on different wines
  • A fun game to test your hand/eye coordination and win drink tokens

Besides the new additions, 18 wineries, one brewery and selected food vendors are expected to be in attendance.

Also, test your luck with the Wine Grab, a game that includes a wide range of differently priced wines. You pick a mystery bottle for a price, and try to win the most expensive bottle of wine.

To get your early bird pricing on tickets, click here. Tickets come with 10 drink tokens which are worth $1 each.

Along with the new changes this year, attendance is expected to break records; as well as with proceeds raised. All money raised will be donated to various beneficiaires selected by the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park. Last year’s festival brought in around $65,000 (gross).

This is a 21 and over event held at Des Moines Beach Park Event Center. A shuttle will be available to take festival goers from the parking at the marina (1$/hour) to the venue. There will be designated driver tickets available at the door for $15 each. Pets are not allowed.

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